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Assassin's Creed Odyssey engravings: the best engravings, solving the Ainigmata Ostraka

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Engravings are earned in multiple ways. They’re obtained either with level ups, or by completing quests. However, the best ones being reserved for finding the locations described in the Ainigmata Ostraka, found in certain locations in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Having decent equipment is one thing, but with an extra bit of investment, you can effectively upgrade your equipment further with little effort. This guide will go other how to apply engravings to your equipment, as well as locating the best engravings by solving the Ainigmata Ostraka.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey engravings and Ainigmata Ostraka guide

Augmenting your equipment is a very good practice to get yourself into, even if it sounds like a minor improvement at best. However, if you’re looking for more advice on the basics of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, then head over to our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey guide for more information to get you up to speed.

Engraving menu in Assassin's Creed Odyssey

How to apply engravings

With the solving of certain quests, or reaching milestones with levelling up, you’ll gain some engravings to apply to weapons. When you’ve got one, you can apply it to many weapons and armour, no matter the rarity, as much you want. That is of course provided you have enough of the materials required and the funds needed for the blacksmith to do it. Engravings merely augment the weapons themselves, so head over to our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey combat for more on the equipment itself and how to get the best out of it.

The best engravings in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

In order to know which are the best engravings to use for your equipment, check on the left hand side of the engraving itself to look at the diamonds. The more that are filled in, the better the engraving. It’s also worth using certain engravings to complement the weapon or armour’s perks.

For example, if you have a weapon that builds up fire damage quickly, assign an engraving that increases how much fire damage a target gets. The engravings range from melee combat damage (warrior), to damage on certain types of enemies such as animals or soldiers, so feel free to change things around as often as you want. You should probably take a look at our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey inventory guide to work out the best combinations.

Location for the Hound Docked Ostraka.

Tips for finding Ainigmata Ostraka

With the odds stacked so against you, it’s easy to just write it off for now and come back to it later when you’re a little more prepared. This is the most optional part of the game, where only those who wish to complete everything may even dare to tread. Still, if you like a bit of a challenge, then solving the riddles requires a lot of familiarity with the game’s world. To get you started, there are four really easy to find engravings that are deciphered from the Ainigmata Ostraka that are worth picking up.

  • Hounded Docked – This is found on a ship run ashore, in the Occupied Forest of Tripodiskos in Megaris. Look for bones in the shape of a cross.
  • A Finger Tip – In Phokis, specifically the Valley of the Snake, look around the giant statue on its back. It’s pointing to a camp in Grand Mount Parnassos. Head just east of the Cave of Kratos up the mountain, but not at the top of it, to find a small camp, where you’ll find the engraving.
  • Showboat – A theatre with a boat as a stage in Achaia. Climb the bow.
  • Procrastinate Now – In Naxos, look for the arch-shaped Portara. It’s northwest of Ariadne’s Fate right at the tip of the island.
  • Stubborn Mule – South of Mount Zas in Naxos are two islands with no name. One of them has a donkey and some hay which is what you’re looking for.
  • Bottomless Lake – Swim part of the way down to the bottom of the lake in Kephalonia. Look for a small outcrop of stone to find a statue beneath it.

These perks are the best of the bunch, but take a lot of work to find the location of each one. The map will always indicate when there is a clue to be found in the corresponding fort or other guarded structure, but the hard bit is solving each of the riddles. What’s more, the game does a terrible job of letting you know when you’re even close. Since these aren’t quests or other such locations, you can’t use Ikaros to highlight their whereabouts, so you need to rely on your own instincts.

Having decent weapons to apply your engravings onto is the key to getting the most damage. For more on what constitutes as a good weapon, head on over to our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey combat guide.

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